The Action Network

San Francisco
51 - 100 Employees
11 - 25 Engineers
$10M - $25M Funding
Series B

We build mobile apps and products that combine exclusive insights, data and tools to help make sports fans more productive with their time and bankroll.

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Why join us?
  • We've recently combined the leading web products for sports bettors (SportsInsights) and daily fantasy research (FantasyLabs) with the number one app for sports bettors (Sports Action) and hired ESPN's head of editorial to run media.

  • The sports betting and fantasy sports space is massive ($170bn in the US), growing and completely underserved from a product and content perspective.

  • We've been doing product and engineering in sports media for over 10 years and love being sports fans. We use the products we create every day and our users are insanely engaged.


Engineering at The Action Network
Engineering team and processes

Our engineering team operates on weekly Sprints. Each cycle begins with a meeting to discuss time estimates for features every Tuesday. Engineers typically work very closely with the product owner and any other interested parties to spec a feature, then work on the feature. We use Pull Requests on GitHub to conduct code reviews. All engineers are also empowered to push code to production, which we often do multiple times a day. Since our team builds applications for both web and mobile, we have CI/CD setup that allows us to deploy our Backend code and web code to be deployed as many times a day as needed. For our mobile apps we stick to a 2 week release cycle and try to get new features and bug fixes out to users every 2 weeks.

Technical Challenges

Sports data has a fair number of technical challenges: - Diverse data model (Many different types of sports with their own unique data structures) - Real time (1000's of events occurring every second) - Spiky Traffic patterns (We frequently see busy sporting days where users will hit our APIs at 5k - 6k requests per second!) - Event driven user needs (When certain conditions occur for an event a massive number of users would like to be alerted immediately) - Predictive analytics for our projecting event outcomes as the event progresses

Projects you might work on
  • Build a data heavy website that works across all devices updates scores in realtime from the Backend. The site would also allow users to research trends and line moves for odds. Think bloomberg for sports data

  • Build charts of game progress as real time scoring happens and overlay mathematical projections on top of the actual progress

  • Build high throughput real time APIs that can serve thousands of users every second with subsecond response times

  • Build tools and data analytics platforms on top of 20+ years of sports data. This would also entail building algorithms on top to machine learn and surface patterns in this data set.

  • Build a socket based feed ingestion system that can parse and dedupe 1000's of rows of odds in realtime and serve them up to users in a consumable format

Tech stack
Node.js
PostgreSQL
React
React Native
AWS
Swift
Redux
Ansible
Terraform
ML
C#

Working at The Action Network

We love building products that we use ourselves every day. We value curiosity, scrappiness, risk-taking, big ideas and having fun. We don't care when or how you get things done as long as they get done well by the time you said it will get done.

Generous Vacation

unlimited

Health Insurance

full medical and dental

Flexible Hours

We care about productivity, not hours.

401(k) Contribution

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